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Does Tomorrow Ever Come?

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Yes It Does

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It comes at eight o'clock tonight. They've never said that before so it must mean something. Although in Pavlov's experiments, didn't he...
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They Were Only Toying With Me

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This is how we do it at publishing@aelibrary ©

Wednesday, 16 November
Ten copies of Revisionist Historiography ordered
Books printed in Wroclaw, Poland

Tuesday, 22 November
5:53 pm books arrive at Garbsen, Hannover, Germany
8:35 pm books depart Garbsen

Wednesday, 23 November
1:18 am customs clearance process at Bierset, Belgium
8:23 am customs clearance process at Rochester, GB

Thursday, 24 November
2:32 am books arrive at Rochester facility
4:06 am books depart Rochester
6:46 am books arrive at Neasden delivery station

Friday, 25th November
Books delivered to M J Harper by 8 pm

We hope.
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I have reached a rare plateau of satisfaction. All the technical snafus of book production are over and now I can sit back and watch whether the latest will be a success or not. Does this depend on whether it is a 'good' book? It does not. I am satisfied it is a good book given all the normal parameters, and given what I regard to be the definition of 'a success'. It depends on the marketing campaign. People never understand that the Big Battle is never on the creativity side but on the 'will people ever get to see it?' side. What is our marketing strategy? It is essentially

(a) to send emails to academic libraries urging librarians to stock their shelves with a copy and
(b) to send emails to academics with an interest in the subject matter so they will either buy a copy for themselves or do (a).
The theory being that in combination this will create sufficient 'buzz' for the book to sell (or at any rate, to be read) self-sustainably.

This may sound a somewhat desperate enterprise but then launching anything into a market to compete with 100,000 similar launches every year is always a desperate enterprise, as any publisher of any book (or film or pop record or stage play or cable channel TV programme or, indeed, any consumer nick-nack) will tell you. Just how desperate this one is, is as follows...
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An academic or an academic librarian will receive an email. The first battle is to avoid going straight into the spam folder. There appears to be no way of eliminating this possibility for at least some of the emails. Next battle: to persuade the recipient not to regard it as spam or similar and delete it unread. Again there seems no way of avoiding this fate in respect of some of the emails. However, I am satisfied that some people with a professional interest in the contents of Revisionist Historiography will be appraised of the existence of Revisionist Historiography. What then?

The email urges them to Look Inside the book using the very useful Amazon feature that allows them to do this. (A link is embedded in the email.) They will be able to read, courtesy of Amazon (the publisher has no control over it)

* the list of chapters -- the titles of which are mildly intriguing but somewhat off-putting from a strictly academic point of view
* the first chapter which is ditto
* the Appendix which is wildly ditto
* the Index which is, by any standards, academically impressive.

What will they do next? That I just don't know. You can try the exercise here https://www.amazon.co.uk/Revisionist-Historiography-M-J-Harper/dp/0954291166 to judge for yourself.
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I’ve just bought a copy. It better be good for 35 squids
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No, Grant, you'd better be good, you're being invited into a privileged elite. It remains to be seen whether you are worthy.
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Best Sellers Rank: 98,218 in Books
63 in Historiography

It was in the three hundred thousands only yesterday. At this rate it will be No 1 by the time the Sunday Times listings come out at the end of the week and I'll be accused of populism. You can't win in this game.
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Remember, Grant and others (others? that'll be the day), if you decide to leave comments on the Amazon page or elsewhere, do not under any circumstances refer to a connection with me or familiarity with my previous works. I would rather you didn't comment -- favourably or unfavourably -- than do this. It fuels the idea of a coterie which is disastrous PR-wise.
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